Design a costume for Luc Besson’s epic science fiction film

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December 14, 2015
Aspiring artists, fashion and costume designers from around the world are invited to design a costume for the upcoming film Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets from visionary writer/director Luc Besson.

Designers are asked to create a piece that could be worn by a human, alien, humanoid or any other intergalactic creature you can think of. The scene for which you are designing will take place at a political cocktail party inside a space station called Alpha and the year is 2580. Designers are encouraged to get inspired by the video to the right and read more about the costume specifications and film below.

Up to 20 costume designers will be selected by Filmmaker Luc Besson, Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style Joe Zee and Valerian Costume Designer Olivier Bériot to receive $1,000 each and potentially have their work created and worn by actors in the film. Submissions are due November 27, 2015.
important update
“Thus far, we’ve received a great number of innovative and original designs. One request though- we are in need of more submissions geared toward men and aliens. Remember the sky is the limit and designs should push the boundaries of traditional garments and design. Humans will be represented in this particular scene in the film, but so will many alien beings who will be in need of innovative attire as well. So keep the designs coming- Luc, Joe and I are loving this outpouring of creativity and enthusiasm for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and look forward to picking our Selected Artists.” - Olivier Bériot
about valerian and the city of a thousand planets
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.


costume specifications
When creating your design, please follow these specifications:
  • Must submit a front, profile and back view of the costume design
  • Must be designed to be approximately 2-3 meters (6-10 feet)
  • Must be a wearable costume (space for the head, two arms and two legs)
  • Must be designed with a solid material in mind (materials such as metal, plastic or fabric)
the career opportunity
Up to 20 costume designers, as selected by Luc Besson, Joe Zee and Olivier Bériot, will each:
  • Have their costume design potentially created for the scene in Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets
  • Receive exposure across the Valerian movie’s marketing materials and social media channels
  • Receive exposure on Yahoo Style
  • Receive $1,000
meet the judges
luc besson
Luc Besson is a force to be reckoned with in film, writing, directing and producing films for a global audience. In 1995 Besson helmed the bold science-fiction film The Fifth Element. A blockbuster, it became one of the biggest box-office hits of any French releases in the U.S.

Throughout his directing career, Besson has directed music videos, commercials and written more than 40 screenplays for features, including Léon: The Professional and Lucy, which currently lays claim to having the largest box office ever for a French film. In total, Besson has worked on 7 of the top 10 French films with the largest box office worldwide.

joe zee
Joe Zee is the Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Style where he leads the vision, creative direction and development of the new Yahoo Style digital magazine.

This fall 2015, Joe will also be joining Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen and Lauren Makk on the highly anticipated ABC one-hour daytime talk show, The Fab Life, and will be releasing his new lifestyle & fashion memoire THAT’S WHAT FASHION IS: Lessons and Stories from My Non-Stop, Mostly Glamorous Life in Style in October with St. Martin’s press.
Olivier Bériot
Olivier Bériot is a costume designer for feature films. He designed the costumes for many of Luc Besson's movies, including: Lucy, The Family, The Lady, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Arthur 3: the War of the 2 Worlds, Arthur and the Great Adventure and Arthur and the Invisibles. He is also the costume designer of action movies such as Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3, Colombiana, Transporter 3, Hitman, Unleashed and Lockout. For Julian Schnabel he costume designed The Diving bell and the Butterfly as well as The King Is Dancing for Gerard Corbiau.
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Residents of countries currently subject to United States embargo or on the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism are not eligible to enter the Creative Invite or receive an incentive. For a current list of countries currently subject to United States embargo or on the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism, go to http://pmddtc.state.gov/embargoed_countries/index.html. Please note that residents from China are allowed to participate despite the country embargo!
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files (in 300dpi) but sketches must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max. size 10MB.
  • All entries must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials).
  • Costume designs must include the front, profile and back in the drawing (you may submit up to 10 images).
  • The host can use the selected submission according to the Official Rules.
  • Costume designs must be approximately 2-3 meters (6-10 feet) and suited to be worn (space for the head, two arms and two legs).
  • The selected submission may be modified to accommodate production requirements.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within 2 days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief or follow the guidelines, will be removed.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
How luc besson, Joe Zee and olivier Bériot will choose
Luc Besson, Joe Zee and Olivier Bériot will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules. The costume designs will be judged based on wearability and creativity.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    October 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline:
    November 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    November 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    December 14, 2015 at 6:00 AM
All times are in Pacific Time.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR BE SELECTED. Creative Invite begins on or about October 7, 2015 and ends on November 27, 2015. See Official Rules for how to submit your design, additional eligibility restrictions, award descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: EuropaCorp Films, USA Inc., 9242 Beverly Blvd. Suite 300, Beverly Hills, California 90210.